Most recently published stories in Psyche.
Is Is Just Me
I think as we are little, we make friends more easily. No one judges each other it is just that simple and intuitively. But as we grow up and continue to learn. Our experiences start to shape us. We are no longer the same person when we were first born.
What does ADD feel like?
"So, what does ADD feel like?" The title illustrates a good question--an imperative one, actually. But what frustrates me--I mean really frustrates me!-- is that when you Google that very same question, the results are too ambiguous or too technical to comprehend.
A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF: Why I came out of the mental illness closet.
Dear 30-year-old Napoleon, At 10 AM on April 3, 2006 you will try to kill yourself. Ya, you heard right...suicide. But don't worry, you'll make it. Just try not to ingest the Clorox Bleach. That stuff tastes nasty!
I had a conversation today about my OCD. It’s kind of weird, you know? Most people think that it’s rearranging, and shuffling shit around till it’s the perfect shape or size. I really can’t blame them for their perception of what it is, but I wish it was as simple as fidgeting.
Is Being Left-Handed The Last Frontier of Prejudice?
You may wonder whether this is a serious piece or a bit of fun. Well, a bit of both I guess. First things first — I am left-handed and proud of it! Add to this that I am left-footed, my dominant eye is my left one, and my political views are very to the left. In fact, in every way that matters, I am to the left!
I am 23.
Content Warning: discussion of hospitalization for suicidal thoughts I am 23. “It smells like something is burning.”
The Outcast Among Them
I never have felt like I quite fit in anywhere - I've struggled with mental illness since I can remember. I did not start out with the knowledge that I have had a mental illness, but I have always felt like there was something not quite right with me. When I was a child I had random fits that made me hit myself - it always seemed like I was throwing tantrums. It wasn't until later in life that I had found out about the mental health issues that were plaguing me.
When you loose a loved one
“You will survive, and you will find purpose in this chaos. Going on with life does not mean letting go. ”~ Mary VanHaute
Staying Sane in Dizzying Times
As the world spirals into a miasma of Uber speed change and accelerated events around us leave us flabbergasted, how do we stay sane when things change by the time one reads this sentence. Indeed, the Pandemic has been the spark that lit the fire of imploding world events. In a manner similar to the humungous number of funeral pyres across the nation, what we are now seeing is a “bonfire of vanities” where hubris is having its comeuppance.
Now, Where Do I Belong?
There's a part of chronic illness that no one ever really talks about. It lingers in the downtime, inbetween pain medicine and days spent managing symptoms. It's not something a doctor will often talk about - they've got bigger problems - or perhaps, may even go overlooked by your well meaning support group, all who utter that they're for you, and whilst you've no doubt that their intentions are pure, not even they can help when it sets in.
Why are So Many 18 to 25 Year Olds Burning Out and Quitting Their Jobs
The Struggling Gen Zers It is not a good time to be a Gen Zer. What with the Pandemic disrupting their lives, just when they were settling into their careers and the tepid pace of the recovery in the jobs market adding to their worries.
Test yourself, are you a person with heavy lips?
01 The lips are heavy, which is a country proverb. It means it is difficult to speak. It's not just a temporary situation, it's always the case. Become a distinctive character. In written language, it is introverted.